Golf: US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick will not be turning pro for a while

Last Updated: 20/08/13 8:59am

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Matt Fitzpatrick: Off to Northwestern University shortly

Matt Fitzpatrick: Off to Northwestern University shortly

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Matt Fitzpatrick says there are no plans for him to turn professional following his victory in the US Amateur Championship.

The 18-year-old became the first Englishman to win the US event for over 100 years when he beat Aussie Oliver Goss 4&3, and he will now be able to compete in the Masters, Open and US Open next year.

The Sheffield-based player may get invited to several other events but will be going to Northwestern University this autumn and is not planning to enter the professional ranks for the time being.

"Obviously you never know what happens, things might change," said Fitzpatrick.

"But I'm pretty sure dad's going to have me under control because I know full well that he certainly didn't want me to turn pro any time soon and wanted me to get an education first.

"We've not even spoken about sponsorship deals or anything at all, so that's sort of out of the question for now.

"But certainly, with the schedule, I'm going to have to be careful. I didn't play that much this year really, when I think about it.

"For me it will be basing myself around the three majors, that's for sure. They'll be the most important things that I play in, I think. I'll just sort of try and plan my way around that and just see how it goes."

Fitzpatrick expects increased pressure

US amateur winners

Bobby Jones 1924, 25, 27, 28 30
Arnold Palmer 1954
Jack Nicklaus 1959, 61
Phil Mickelson 1990
Tiger Woods 1994,95,96

Fitzpatrick claimed the silver medal for top amateur at this year's Open and is aware that his recent exploits will increase his profile.

"I think now there will be a lot of expectation on me from other people," he said.

"I'm pretty sure they'll be expecting me to win pretty much everything that I play in, and the fact is that you can't do that all the time because, if I did that, I'd be on Tour already.

"I think I will be under quite a bit of pressure when I start playing. Well, when I play my next tournament and stuff like that.

"I guess it will be fairly tough to handle but I'll just try and sort of keep the attitude that I've had coming into this week.

"It's not the end of the world if you don't do everything right. I've already had some fairly nice achievements, so there's no reason why I couldn't continue, hopefully."

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